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AG's office releases Catholic child sex abuse report; more ties shown to Middletown, Steelton

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office released Tuesday its report from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse at six Catholic dioceses in the state, including …
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Rain didn't dampen National Night Out

People braved the rain and ventured to Hoffer Park for National Night Out on August 7.

Police want help finding 'most wanted'; Darrius Jamarr Jeffries tops the list

The Middletown Police Department needs your help in finding people in the borough who are wanted by the law. Police need to find these people in order to serve warrants on them, said Patrol …

Three accused priests had ties to area Catholic churches

The Diocese of Harrisburg identified 71 clergy members and seminarians within the diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a child since the 1940s.  Of the accused, three served at …

Rep. Barletta visits to see Londonderry, Hummelstown flood damage firsthand

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazelton, remembered getting in a boat near Bloomsburg after Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene to help bring water to people who were stranded. Some people …

Londonderry Township makes zoning change to help with Route 230 sight issue at Deodate

Londonderry Township’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on July 2 to amend the township’s zoning map to increase the commercial zone in two properties off Route 230 near Deodate …

Record mosquito numbers cause West Nile virus threat across Pennsylvania

Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population …

Diakon marks 150th anniversary at Frey Village

Diakon Senior Living Services celebrated its 150th anniversary at Frey Village on July 30. “One hundred and fifty years is a big deal — a very big deal,” Frey Village Chaplain …
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Local sports

Pelletier takes over Blue Raider girls basketball program

A 1983 Middletown Area High School graduate with more than 25 years of experience coaching high school basketball will lead the Blue Raider girls team this winter. Robert Pelletier is the head …

Ortiz to lead Middletown Area High School track and field teams

The new track and field coach for Middletown Area High School is a familiar face to the program. J.J. Ortiz is a 2001 MAHS graduate and threw the javelin and shot put and ran sprints for the Blue …

Having a ball with bocce at Sunset Park; Londonderry township league has been around for 15 years

Every Tuesday morning for almost 15 years, a group of 20 people have gathered at the bocce ball courts in Sunset Park in Londonderry Township. The teams take turns rolling their bocce balls toward …

Ringers and leaners: Londonderry Horseshoe Pitching Association fun for all

It was still sprinkling at 6:30 p.m. Monday, but there were four men at the horseshoe pit in Sunset Park in Londonderry Township anyway. After awhile, the rain stopped and three more men showed …

Middletown Swim Team has three excel at event

This has been a good season for the 63 swimmers who are members of the Middletown Swim Team, known as the “Dolphins.” The swimmers range from ages 5 to 18 and come from the Middletown, …

Wilsbach tracked nutrition of MAHS athletes, earns gold at FCCLA national conference in Atlanta

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Middletown American Legion team reaches playoffs after struggle to get players all season

Middletown American Legion baseball coach Mark Chimel surely wanted better results from the recently concluded season. Chimel, who just completed his third year as the head of the team that is …

Happy campers: Youngsters learn during summer hoops at MAHS

Middletown varsity and junior varsity basketball players returned to the gym last week to help teach kids the basics  of the game they love. Middletown Area High School teacher Chris …
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Woman accused of DUI had baby seat unattached; man allegedly had ‘kill list’: Police Roundup

State Police charged a Manheim woman with DUI while her 1-year old daughter was in the car. The infant was in a forward-facing child safety seat that was not attached to the seat of the 2005 Honda …

Rain cancels Three Mile Island golf outing; $40,000 donation given to Londonderry fire company

The annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament was rained out Friday at Sunset Golf Course, but that didn’t stop Three Mile Island Vice President Ed Callan from presenting the Londonderry …

Pennsylvania Lottery sales achieve record, top $4.2 million

The Pennsylvania Lottery sold a record of more than $4.2 billion in games in the 2017-18 fiscal year, from which it paid a record of more than $2.7 billion in prizes to winners and generated more …

Penn State Harrisburg student reported missing; police seeking your help

A 20-year-old Penn State Student is missing, and Middletown police want your help. Muhammad Ilyas Bin Ghazali is a Malaysian international student at Penn State Harrisburg. He is 20 years old and …

More leniency in borough electric bills? Council discusses extending time to pay, reducing late fee

Middletown Borough Council is considering whether to give people more time to pay their electric bill, and also whether to reduce the late fee that customers must now pay when their bill is …

Residents cope as floods recede; HIA sees record rainfall for July; disaster declarations declared

When Leon Merlin moved to the trailer park near Swatara Park Road about a year ago, he said he was warned that it often flooded. When the rain started falling last week, and Merlin saw the water …

Hairport, Touch of Class on South Union is now Unique Hair Cutz

Hairport and Touch of Class Tanning is under new leadership and has a new name — Unique Hair Cutz and Tanning. Dana Ward owned Hairport at 2 S. Union St. for 32 years. She worked for the …
Editorials

It's great to talk about electric bill concerns, but hold off on changes for now: Editorial

We appreciate that Middletown Borough Council is reviewing its policies on how borough residents pay their electric bills. It is worthwhile to take a look from time to time, although there is a …
Columnists

International air travel: What a nightmare it is!: Ed O'Connor

It took five weeks and a total of 16,130 miles for our round trip from Cuenca, Ecuador, to Romania. Traveling would be great if Scotty could just “beam us up.” As it is, going vast …

U.S. health system not as bad as study says: Sally Pipes

America spends twice as much on health care as its peers in the developed world yet fares worse on a range of health indicators, including life expectancy and infant mortality. That’s the …

Taxpayers deserve explanations when government grows: Mike Folmer

I’ve searched both the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions and I can’t find it. Where is it written government must grow each and every year? Why isn’t government expected to live …
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